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The P.E.I. government is refusing to disclose basic information about some contracts the province awarded without going to tender, including what companies the province signed the contracts with.

This, as the province’s auditor general and others call for increased transparency in how the P.E.I. government handles procurement — that is, the process of spending taxpayer dollars on goods and services.

“When the government doesn’t want to be transparent, it tends to start raising issues of trust and confidence: what are they trying to hide?” said Lise Patry, a public procurement lawyer and instructor at The Procurement School, a Canadian training organization located in B.C.  

“Unfortunately that’s the byproduct of being non-transparent, especially with information that typically governments across Canada will share quite willingly.”

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CBC News filed access to information requests with every government department for basic information on all untendered contracts worth $10,000 or more from the first term of …

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